Showing posts from September, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Fall 2016

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...
Today I'm pleased to announce the Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

The cast of contributors is once again very deep in quality and quantity. Tenkara Angler staples such as Anthony Naples, Chris Stewart, John Vetterli, and Isaac Tait are framed by newcomers such as Adam Rieger, Christopher Seep, John Mosovsky, and George Roberts. Nineteen different authors and artists are to thank for this issue, and I cannot possibly thank them enough!
This also was one of the most challenging issues to edit to date. There was not only so much good written content to proof-read, but several charts & diagrams were submitted to accompany those words. I had no idea making them "fit" was going to be such a task. In the end, it yielded over 100 pages of community-sourced photos, essays, articles, and technique tips. I hope you pardon a random typo or two, my eyes were absolutely shot at the end of the process.

The Fal…

The New Yorker's Profile of Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia. (The brand, not the land).
Say what you will about it, (I know I have), but the backstory of the man behind the brand, Yvon Chouinard, is a pretty interesting one. For many of you, it's not a new tale, but when my father-in-law emailed me a copy of the following profile from The New Yorker titled "Patagonia's Philosopher-King," I was totally captivated for the ten or so minutes it took to consume.

Perhaps it's because I work in retail. Perhaps it's because I admire people who effect change. Perhaps it's just because he's an interesting, albeit somewhat unassuming character, which may or may not actually be true. Perhaps it's just author Nick Paumgarten's way with words. Perhaps I'm just drinking a tall glass of Fitz Roy-flavored Kool-Aid. 
I don't know. After reading it, all I want to do is get outdoors, fish my tenkara rod, and go save the Earth, not necessarily in that order.

Star Wars: Rogue One - It's Almost Time

Disclaimer: This is a non-fishing post. I do these from time to time, so deal with it.

I recently realized that I never really addressed the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One here on the blog, despite writing several posts over the last year about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While my opinion is no where near critical to your enjoyment or build up of anticipation for the release, I figured I'd at least chime in because we're now less than three months away from the premiere.
I'm pretty psyched for the film, the first in what appears to be several "stand-alone" entries into the Star Wars universe. For various reasons, it seems that there is a small, but vocal faction of Star Wars faithful that don't share my enthusiasm, citing the over the top Hollywood visuals and polish, a Director that might just be in over his head, the emergence of black-armored death troopers that seemingly solely exist to sell merchandise, and the amount of information that has been t…

Six Waters Co. Fishing Apparel

I like gear, you like gear, we all like gear.
In reviewing the world of Instagram the other day, I stumbled across Six Waters, a relative new entry to the fishing apparel scene. Their stuff is pretty cool.

So who is Six Waters? Well, their website explains that it's the dynamic duo of Dave Blackhurst & Sam Parkinson, "...just a couple of Utah dudes with a passion (ok maybe an addiction) for Fly Fishing and the Outdoors."
Being friendly with Dave from some other online endeavors, I popped him a quick note to get a little more backstory on who they are, what they're up to, and what their plans might be for Six Waters.
We wanted to give another spin on the lifestyle fishing apparel world. We know we are a small fish in a very big river but we love what we do. Sam and I have been fly fishing together for 20 years and thought it was time to get in the industry a bit more.

Sam and I come up with a bunch of great ideas and then I will head to the computer and start desi…

New Clothes Don't Fit Quite Right

Have been playing around with some new blog templates over the past 24 hours. I was just tired of looking at the same old thing for a so long. Now, Blogger itself doesn't have a ton of template options, but there are a lot of others out there to be had if you know where to look...
I kinda came to a stopping point with this one for the time being. Sunk far too much of a Saturday into fiddling with this setting or that setting trying to make this "responsive" template look generally good on both desktop & mobile. Not really sure I like it, but meh, I'll leave it around for a little bit, see how everything works and whatnot. I can always change it back. 
The one thing I do like is that you can see animated GIFs from the preview page. I mean those possibilities could be endless...

Under Construction

Playing around a bit with the blog, so don't be surprised to see it all messed up for a few days...

Will either go with the new look, or scrap it and revert to the tried & true.  We'll see...

Tenkara Tuesday - The Upcoming 2016 Tenkara Jam

I'm fairly certain that everybody that reads my blog and has an interest in tenkara is well aware of what's going on this October 15 & 16 in Cherokee, NC; but in case you aren't, it's time do my part and spread the word.
In short, there have been Summits, Fests, Series, and Schools in the past, and not to diminish them in any way, but I don't think there's ever been quite as much tenkara under one roof as there will be at the 2016 Tenkara Jam.

First off, the lineup of speakers is ridiculously deep: Tom Sadler, Chris Stewart, Rob Worthing, Jason Sparks, Anthony Naples, Dan Dutton, Luong Tam, ERiK Ostrander, Jason Klass, and Daniel Galhardo. Wow, talk about a "who's-who" of the American Tenkaraverse.
Next, if you're interested in doing a little gear testing or shopping, I don't think you'll find more tenkara gear anywhere (including Japan). Tenkara USA, Tenkara Bum, Badger Tenkara, Tenkara Tanuki, Three Rivers Tenkara, Tenkara Rod C…

Exploring Florida: Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost

Spent last night in the land of the Mouse and had good intentions of writing a blog post from the hotel room, but the damn Wifi was absolutely crawling at a snail's pace.
So instead, here are 3 pictures of one of the nearest Bass Pro Shops to my house. They just happened to be on my phone from when we went in July and were easy to upload via the Blogger app. Does your local BPS have pens out front with alligators and hogs? I thought that was very Florida...

Tenkara Guides LLC Pack It Out Challenge

Some great stuff going on out there on the internet...

The latest angler call-to-action comes from the Tenkara Guides, challenging all of us to "hit your local streams, pack out the trash and win a big prize."

They've set up a Facebook page HERE for you to post your photo/video proof, and there's a huge prize package waiting for the winner valued at over $1000. Contest runs the entire month of September.

Worth checking out, and if so inclined, worth sharing on your social media as well.

Stealing The Photo Bin

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so I've heard.

If that's the case, I hope Mike over at Mike's Gone Fishin'....Again doesn't mind my blatant theft of his Photo Bin concept. See, I've been up to a lot lately (like dodging Hurricane Hermine), but fishing hasn't really been one of the activities. That said, you might notice a bit of a sports theme below...